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Random assignment of multiple indivisible objects

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    We consider random assignment of multiple indivisible objects. When each agent receives one object, [Bogomolnaia, A., Moulin, H., 2001. A new solution to the random assignment problem. Journal of Economic Theory 100, 295-328] show that the probabilistic serial mechanism is ordinally efficient, envy-free and weakly strategy-proof. When each agent receives more than one object, we propose a generalized probabilistic serial mechanism that is ordinally efficient and envy-free but not weakly strategy-proof. Our main result shows that, if each agent receives more than one object, there exists no mechanism that is ordinally efficient, envy-free and weakly strategy-proof.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 57 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 134-142

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:57:y:2009:i:1:p:134-142

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    Keywords: Random assignment Multiple object assignment Probabilistic serial mechanism Ordinal efficiency Envy-freeness Strategy-proofness;

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    Cited by:
    1. HOUGAARD, Jens L. & moreno-ternero, JUAN D. & OSTERDAL, Lars P., 2013. "Assigning agents to a line," CORE Discussion Papers 2013015, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
    2. Kojima, Fuhito & Manea, Mihai, 2010. "Incentives in the probabilistic serial mechanism," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 145(1), pages 106-123, January.
    3. Yoichi Kasajima, 2013. "Probabilistic assignment of indivisible goods with single-peaked preferences," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 203-215, June.

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